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Now and Then: Nature Safari Day Camp

I can't remember when the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) was not a part of my summer adventures. For a little girl who did not enjoy her mother putting her in day camps, I quickly changed my attitude about going to camp when I stepped through these doors. Out of all the camps I had gone to as a child, this was the only one I couldn't stop going back to summer after summer, even to this day. From an early age I was intrigued with nature and inspired to protect what precious wildlife we have. At camp I learned about different living organisms, how to build a shelter, and how to handle various survival situations, work with others and think creatively. Summers at ASCCA have shaped my character and how I value the preservation of our environment. As I am growing up, I carry the things I learned at camp into real life situations. With increasing environmental problems such as climate change, pollution and resource depletion, I believe it is critical to teach future generations how to care for our environment before it's too late. As a day camp volunteer, I now help inspire volunteer opportunities for campers who are passionate about conserving our environment and working with younger kids at day camps. I want to help them understand their responsibility in protecting nature as well as having a fun summer experience. It's these young minds who will have the responsibility of coming up with new solutions to growing global issues. If I had never gone to this camp, I know I would not have the aspirations I do today to keep our world healthy.

Ann & Sandy Cross were two people who donated their land with a vision of educating those who visited about the conservation of our Earth. Thanks to their generous donation, myself and many others have been given a new perspective and have been enlightened on the importance of conservation. I remember how my camp leaders mentored me throughout my camp experience. These camp leaders have had an impression on me and have inspired me to be a leader myself. The greatest part of volunteering at summer day camps is watching how the kids develop in just a week. At first they are shy, just like I was as a camper, but by the end of the week they've met new friends and are singing songs at the top of their lungs on the trails. I love telling stories to young minds and watching their eyes grow wider with interest and watching the smiles these camps bring to the kids. As a volunteer, I am so proud that I can contribute to the place that helped shape me by mentoring and inspiring future generations. Looking back I can only be thankful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of this organization. The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area is without a doubt a hidden gem which was created for making memories.

By: Rachel Kubitz

area wildlife + plants

Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta

Bright yellow belly with a black V. Has white outer tail feathers that can be hidden, a slender bill, and dark stripes on the head.  Male and Female birds have similar coloring.

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